Reason why Twitter goes gaga for Kendrick Lamar



Kendrick Lamar made his acting debut on Sunday (July 29) on the 50 Cent-produced drama, Power. In the new episode — titled “Happy Birthday” – K. Dot plays a homeless drug addict named Laces.Ahead of the episode, Lamar shared a photo of himself in character to his Twitter account. “My name, is my name,” he wrote. “Ask me again, i’ll tell you the same #PowerTV.”
Courtney Kemp — Power’s creator and producer — told the Associated Press the Compton MC’s relationship with Fiddy played a key role in K. Dot’s appearance on the show. “He and Kendrick … were hanging out and Kendrick said, ‘I’d really like to be on the show,’ and you know it goes from there. He’s really gifted, tremendously gifted. I mean it’s a total transformation. It is not a version of Kendrick Lamar that you’ve ever seen before. So it’s very exciting.”

Kendrick Lamar made his acting debut on Sunday (July 29) on the 50 Cent-produced drama, Power. In the new episode — titled “Happy Birthday” – K. Dot plays a homeless drug addict named Laces.Ahead of the episode, Lamar shared a photo of himself in character to his Twitter account. “My name, is my name,” he wrote. “Ask me again, i’ll tell you the same #PowerTV.”

Courtney Kemp — Power’s creator and producer — told the Associated Press the Compton MC’s relationship with Fiddy played a key role in K. Dot’s appearance on the show. “He and Kendrick … were hanging out and Kendrick said, ‘I’d really like to be on the show,’ and you know it goes from there. He’s really gifted, tremendously gifted. I mean it’s a total transformation. It is not a version of Kendrick Lamar that you’ve ever seen before. So it’s very exciting.”

Lamar’s role on Power resulted from a conversation between he and 50 Cent. “He and Kendrick … were hanging out and Kendrick said, ‘I’d really like to be on the show,'” series producer Courtney Kemp told the Associated Press. Lamar’s level of preparation for the role also impressed Kemp. “He’s very kind of quiet and thorough and methodical. He had prepared so much. He was ready,” she said. “He’s really gifted, tremendously gifted. I mean it’s a total transformation. It is not a version of Kendrick Lamar that you’ve ever seen before.”

For fans of Lamar, his acting chops should come as no surprise. He’s arguably the best storyteller active in rap today, with a discography that hinges on the epic narrative arc. His flair for the dramatic, both in front of and behind the camera, has been a staple of his music videos for years. Together with Top Dawg Entertainment president Dave Free, Lamar has crafted a compelling visual language within the medium — the videos they’ve conceptualized and co-directed (as The Lil Homies) alongside auteurs like Dave Meyers are some of the most provocative in contemporary pop.


Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). He began to gain recognition in 2010, after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single, “HiiiPoWeR”. By that time, he had amassed a large online following and collaborated with several prominent hip hop artists, including The Game, Busta Rhymes, and Snoop Dogg.
Lamar’s major label debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was released in 2012 by TDE, Aftermath, and Interscope Records to critical success. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. The record contained the top 40 singles “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “Poetic Justice”. It was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album at the 56th Grammy Awards. His critically acclaimed third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) comprised funk, soul, and spoken word, debuted atop the charts in the US and the UK, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 58th ceremony, where it was nominated for Album of the Year. In 2016, Lamar released Untitled Unmastered, a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for Butterfly. He released his fourth album Damn. in 2017 to further acclaim; its lead single “Humble” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Lamar has received a number of accolades over the course of his career, including twelve Grammy Awards. In early 2013, MTV named him the number one “Hottest MC in the Game”, on their annual list.[1] Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. Aside from his solo career, Lamar is also known as a member of the West Coast hip hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside his TDE label-mates and fellow South Los Angeles–based rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q. In 2018, Damn. became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music


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Lamar has won twelve Grammy Awards. He received a total of seven nominations at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d city. At the 57th Grammy Awards in 2015, his single “i” earned him his first two wins: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Lamar received his second Album of the Year nomination at the 58th Grammy Awards for To Pimp a Butterfly, also leading the list with 11 categories. For the latter, he went on to pass Eminem as the rapper with the most nominations in a single night, and second overall behind Michael Jackson, who holds the record of 12 nominations since 1984. Lamar was the most-awarded artist at the ceremony with five, including Best Rap Album.The rapper appeared for the first time on the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2016.


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Lamar has received two civic honors. On May 11, 2015, he received the California State Senate’s Generational Icon Award from State Senator Isadore Hall III (D–Compton) who represents California’s 35th district. From the senate floor, Lamar told the legislature, “Being from the City of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and the neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off of what I do in music.”[215] On February 13, 2016, Mayor of Compton, California Aja Brown presented Lamar with the key to the city, for “representing Compton’s evolution, embodying the New Vision for Compton.”


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His debut major-label release, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was named one of “The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stone. To Pimp a Butterfly was ranked by many publications as the best album of 2015. In 2015, Billboard included Lamar in “The 10 Greatest Rappers of All-Time.” Complex magazine has ranked Lamar atop “The 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s” annual lists in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
DAMN. won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, making Lamar the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the award. In collecting his award on May 30, 2018, new Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy, the first woman and African American to lead the organization, told him: “Congratulations, looks like we’re both making history this year.”

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